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The meeting between US and Palestinian officials is the first in 5 years

France Press agency

US and Palestinian officials met online on Tuesday to renew the US-Palestinian Economic Dialogue, the first such meeting in five years, the US State Department said.

The two sides issued a joint statement in which they stressed the importance of the restored political and economic relations between the US government and the Palestinian Authority, and pledged to expand and deepen cooperation and coordination across a range of sectors.

The statement said that the online dialogue was “to renew the American-Palestinian economic dialogue,” noting that the meeting brought together a wide range of agencies and ministries from the US government and the Palestinian Authority to discuss current and future areas of economic cooperation.

He added that senior US and Palestinian officials discussed key topics, including infrastructure development, access to US markets, US regulations, free trade, financial issues, renewable energy and environmental initiatives, connecting Palestinian and US businesses, and confronting obstacles to developing the Palestinian economy. The dialogue also included a discussion of international trade relations.

According to the statement, the two sides concluded the dialogue “with an agreement to work on several issues necessary to support the economic prosperity of the Palestinian people. The US government also identified programs that would support the Palestinian Authority’s efforts towards financial and trade issues, as well as encourage foreign direct investment.”

Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lambert said that the growth of the Palestinian economy “will play an important role in furthering our primary political goal of achieving a negotiated two-state solution, with a viable Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel.”

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Source: “Reuters” + RT